BY BUDDY NEVINS
African Americans had to fight their way out of the depths of segregation to get equality under the law and they still often don’t get a fair shake.
Hispanics are treated like second-class citizens in much of this country.
Then there are the largely white, fresh-faced middle class suburban kids who go to Pembroke Pines’ city-owned middle schools.
In Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo’s fevered mind and frantic fingers on Facebook, they are same. They are equivalents!
Castillo insulted blacks and Hispanics by even comparing their struggles with the “plight” of his city’s charter schools.
Poor Pembroke Pines doesn’t believe it gets enough money for its elitist charter schools from the public Broward School System. Boo Hoo.
A court ruled against them when they brought the matter to court.
Castillo, whose children went to the city charter schools, can’t give up the fight. He and the other foolish city commissioners are bringing it to Tallahassee. Pembroke Pines and its allies in the charter school industry are in the Capital this Legislative session for another run at the public schools’ money.
What shocks me is that this politician Castillo appears only to champion charter schools and charter students.
What’s the matter, Angelo?
You are starting to sound like those School Boards of the past that you wrote about with your “intentional discriminated” against groups of students….in this case, the thousands in Pembroke Pines who go to regular public schools.
When are you going to speak out for them?
(Thanks to one of Castillo’s Facebook friends (really a Castillo frenemy) who wants to remain anonymous for forwarding the following exchange to me. I added the bold faced type for emphasis.)
Angelo Castillo Some have questioned my use of the word “evil” in this context but I defend it without reservation. Let’s look at definitions. Evil is commonly associated with conscious and deliberate wrongdoing, discrimination designed to harm others, humiliation of people designed to diminish their psychological well-being and dignity, destructiveness, motives of causing pain or suffering for selfish or malicious intentions, and acts of unnecessary or indiscriminate violence. The word “evil” fits perfectly in the context of intentionally depriving charter school students of taxpayer funds, to the intentional benefit of others similarly situated, and then offer thinly disguised excuses to cover up the true intention — which is to destroy charter schools because they threaten the traditional public school monopoly. You see, so long as there is a comparison point — much less one demanded for by parents — then there is an accountability point for the traditional public schools. True education advocates want that accountability, want that comparison because without it there won’t be any forward progress in public education. Some hate it because their agenda isn’t education at all but milking a system dry through to retirement (selfish reasons) that have nothing to do with better educating kids. They could care less about educating kids, despite their rhetoric, and their actions prove that. This is very clearly evil and we the taxpayers should call it what it is and eliminate it from our communities. Out with evil. In with fairness and true educational improvement. Fund every child equally now. 23 hours ago · Like
Hector Samario Angelo….the City has repeated taken this matter to court and has been told, repeatedly, that their argument is not valid. Given the harsh infrastructure conditions many of our schools currently face…and Pines Charter does NOT fall into this category, I would expect you to claim that the “fair share” of funds should be directed at the schools in desperate need of repair. I understand your bias in this matter, but “fair share” is a very weak argument when you compare the educational environment many schools face versus that of Pines Charter. Pines Charter is in great shape…the path voluntarily chosen for funding this school is now facing challenges….that does not entitle you to a new source of funds. My daughter graduated from Pines Charter…and it holds a special place in my heart…but to demand redirecting funds from other Broward Schools (and there is only a fixed amount to go around) that are in greater disarray is not a valid argument or consistent with “fair share”. 22 hours ago via mobile · Like
Angelo Castillo Actually Hector, what the Judge said is school board has the discretion under existing evil laws to discriminate against charter schools with our tax dollars. We challenge the constitutionality of those statutes and are going through the steps to get there. Many school districts don’t do that, they share. Ours doesn’t. They CHOOSE not to share when they could, and their financial challenges are even less pressing than some of the school districts that do because it is the right and honorable, proper thing to do. On the rest of your arguments, while I respect you personally you are equally misinformed. There isn’t one thing the district does that Pines Charter can’t if funded to do it. This issue is about them hating charter schools — in the same way school boards in the past hated Blacks and Hispanics. It is an act of intentional discrimination in funding because they want us to fail. Make no mistake about it. That kind of evil did not last long decades ago when parents won social justice, and will not now when parents demand financial justice. All public school students are equal in the eyes of God and we their parents demand equal funding for each and every one of them with our tax dollars. We will win that battle because it is the right answer. You should be proud to join that effort because it’s high time we started getting policies right at the school board. 20 hours ago via mobile · Edited · Like
Angelo Castillo Further, the reason our schools are in great shape is we don’t ignore them like the school board does. We are responsible owners. That sense of responsibility forces us to take money out of classrooms to pay for capital costs. School board funds their capital on top of their classroom funds. Those are the funds they deny us. They say they don’t have enough, but some years ago when several of them went to jail or died from stress associated with their corrupt use of said funds, they also said money was tight. Money is always tight when you don’t want to do something. However were Pines charter schools suddenly gifted over to district, miraculously all the capital dollars necessary would instantly be found. This is proof of their evil lies. Do not be bamboozled. This is about the school district’s hatred for all charter schools — in particular any high performing charter school like ours — because we make them look like shit. We outperform them for less money and that CANNOT be tolerated by a lazy monopolistic, self-centered, evil empire. Have I made this clear enough yet? And the fact that we outperform them despite their every effort to kill us just bugs them to no end. As if we’d die so easy. Hector, this is absolutely not about money though we could certainly could teach them how to manage funds. Go read the grand jury report…school board has no financial credibility. This is about them hating charter schools, being against parent choice, being accountable to the taxpayers and protecting their evil monopolistic empire. And the thing is this, in case you have not noticed. I have no fear whatsoever to say it just that way because it’s 100% true. 20 hours ago via mobile · Edited · Like